Canada and the Venezuela crisis

Assistance for Canadians in Venezuela

Canada is deeply concerned by the rapidly deteriorating political and economic crisis in Venezuela and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights.

Ministerial communications

On November 3, 2017, Canada imposes sanctions on individuals linked to human rights violations and corruption

On October 27, 2017, Address by Minister Freeland for the third ministerial meeting of the Lima Group

On October 20, 2017, Canada to host Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

On October 17, 2017, Canada calls into question the legitimacy of Venezuela’s electoral process

On October 6, 2017, Canada condemns National Electoral Council’s violation of Venezuela’s elections law.

On September 22, 2017, Canada imposes sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela

On September 15, 2017, Canada welcomes panel to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela

On August 18, 2017, Canada condemns announcement made by Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly

On August 1, 2017, Canada condemns imprisonment of Venezuelan opposition leaders

On July 30, 2017, Canada denounces Venezuelan government’s action to create constituent assembly

On July 26, 2017, Canada calls on Venezuela to cancel Constituent Assembly

On July 16, 2017, Canada stands with people of Venezuela following popular consultation

On July 5, 2017, Canada concerned by Venezuela’s latest measures undermining democracy

On May 28, 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that she will participate in an Organization of American States (OAS) ministerial meeting to address the concerning situation in Venezuela: Canada to call for action at Organization of American States meeting on Venezuela.

On May 4, 2017, Canada issued a Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuela and on the announcement to establish a constituent assembly to change the Venezuelan constitution.

On April 27, 2017, Canada concerned by Venezuela’s intention to withdraw from the Organization of American States.

On March 31, 2017, Canada calls on Venezuela’s government to restore democracy.

See further responses from the Government of Canada on October 21, 2016, and July 7, 2016.

Multilateral communications

Canada has been instrumental in the passing of several statements and resolutions at the Organization of American States (OAS) supporting the people of Venezuela in their efforts to achieve political and economic reforms.

July 26, 2017 - Declaration on the situation in Venezuela

April 3, 2017 - Resolution on the recent events in Venezuela

March 23, 2017 - Declaration on Venezuela

November 16, 2016 - Declaration of the Permanent Council Supporting the National Dialogue in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

October 21, 2016 - Joint Communique of Member States of the OAS on recent events in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

August 11, 2016 - Joint Statement on Recent Developments in The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

June 15, 2016 - Statement by Ministers and Heads of Delegation on the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

June 1, 2016 - Declaration of the Permanent Council about the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

At the Human Rights Council on November 1, 2016, Canada issued its Universal Periodic Review recommendations regarding Venezuela.

The Lima Group

Canada has joined with other countries in the hemisphere to address the critical situation in Venezuela and to explore ways to contribute to the restoration of democracy through peaceful and negotiated means.

November 4, 2017 - Lima Group condemns decision to remove Freddy Guevara’s parliamentary immunity

October 26, 2017 - Statement of the third meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

October 17, 2017 - Statement by Lima Group regarding regional elections in Venezuela

October 5, 2017 - Statement of the Lima Group on Regional Elections in Venezuela

September 23, 2017 - Declaration of the Second Meeting of the Lima Group on the Situation in Venezuela

August 18, 2017 – Statement of the Lima Group on the take-over of the functional competencies of the Venezuelan National Assembly

August 8, 2017 - Lima Declaration on the situation in Venezuela

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